After having its thunder stolen with last week's leaked images, Korean automaker Kia has decided to release a trio of official images of its all-new Sportage medium SUV ahead of its first public appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
There are no specification details to go with them, but the images do reveal the Sportage in a more flattering setting, rather than an industrial carpark somewhere in South Korea.
Shown in what appears to be range-topping 'GT-Line' trim, the Sportage's visual ties to the Pro-Cee'd GT sports hatch is obvious around the front, with triangular headlamp housings and quad-foglamp arrays tucked into the sides of the front bumper.
Kia's signature Tiger Nose grille is also prominently on display, and there's plenty of visual differentiation between the Sportage and its bigger sibling the Sorento.
Virtually every panel is new, with fresh sheetmetal for the bonnet, front guards, doors and side-stampings. The door frames are similar in overall shape, but no cutline is the same.
It's also a more upmarket design, with chrome strips that now extend all the way around the side glass as well along the side skirts, plus splashes of chrome on the door handles.
Around the back, the slim LED tail-lamps are joined by a thin chrome bar and there's a metal-look lower bumper extension.
Engine specifications are under wraps and we still have yet to get an official glimpse of the interior, but Kia's intent to take the Sportage to a new level of premium-ness is clear.
Expect a more in-depth look when the Sportage makes its debut at Frankfurt on September 15. A local launch is expected in the first quarter of 2016.
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